Questioning the proposal to “hyphenate” India with Pakistan following the Scrapping of Article 370 of the Indian Consitution, Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that it is being done by those who are possessed with the earlier developments in Jammu and Kashmir. 

Practically taking expectations to Pakistan and India being talked of in the same breath, Mr. Jaishankar told a group of sources from India that “you are really being very semantic about it. How do you hyphenate a country, which is one-eighth of your economic size… which is reputationally your exact opposite?”

He was replying to a query about India and Pakistan being “hyphenated” once more following the elimination of “special status” from Jammu and Kashmir by Scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution of India. 

Mr. Jaishankar continued by that login then, India shouldn’t do anything that would bring Pakistan into the conversation at all. 

“So, let’s not talk Afghanistan. In fact, let’s not talk about South Asia. So, my sense is people are over-obsessed about it,” added the Foreign Minister of India. 

“Often the argumentation comes from people who have a viewpoint that we shouldn’t have done anything about (Article) 370,” said S Jaishankar, adding that he has a “very little tolerance” for that.

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